[Samba] How can Samba both work, and, suddenly stop working, simultaneously?

Paul Branon paulbranon at googlemail.com
Mon Jun 28 12:04:09 MDT 2010

Samba, (smbd version 3.0.20) has been working splendidly on my machine
for more than four years. It has run without a hitch. And then
suddenly, today, it has stopped working. I haven't changed anything, I
haven't installed anything on the server and I haven't removed
anything. So I'm at a loss to know what's wrong with it.

I can only interact with the server from the local command line. (I
haven't altered the allow hosts in the config file. I haven't changed
anything) I used to be able to reach it from all the machines on my
network with windows \\
ERROR: the network path \\ was not found

The machines can all reach each other remotely, (it's not a connection
or cabling issue. And I can't connect to the samba server from any of
my clients since this morning) But I can access all the other servers
running on the same host.)

The samba server is running
root     243  0.0  1.9  4784 2356  ??  Is    9:24PM   0:00.02 /usr/
local/samba/sbin/smbd -D
root     245  0.0  1.9  4784 2356  ??  I     9:24PM   0:00.00 /usr/
local/samba/sbin/smbd -D
root     246  0.0  1.3  3104 1624  ??  Ss    9:24PM   0:00.05 /usr/
local/samba/sbin/nmbd -D

smbclient -L SambaServer1 -U%
Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.20]

--then it lists my shares-----------
netstat -an|grep 137
udp4       0      0       *.*
udp4       0      0  *.137                  *.*
netstat -an|grep 445
tcp4       0      0  *.445                  *.*

Any thoughts would be appreciated,


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